Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias Postdoctoral Fellowship in Galaxies 2017, Spain

Publish Date: May 05, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017


Minimun qualification:

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics, by the application deadline (May 31, 2017).

The IAC (Tenerife) invites applications for ONE postdoctoral contract to work on topics within the project “The structure and evolution of galaxies and their central regions” (AYA2016-76219-P), led by Dr. Johan Knapen.

Research topics at the IAC include most areas of astrophysics: solar physics, planetary systems, stellar and interstellar physics, galactic formation and evolution, and cosmology and astroparticles. These research lines are supported by an ambitious instrumentation programme. The IAC has been selected as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellenceby the Spanish Government in 2015, a prestigious recognition awarded for the second time to the IAC as a leading research institute in Spain.


The selected candidate is expected to work with Dr Johan Knapen (IAC) on the reduction, analysis and interpretation of optical, IR and/or radio data of samples of nearby galaxies obtained with a variety of ground-based telescopes and, in the near future, with the JWST. The candidate will pursue original collaborative research related to one or several of the following fields: structure and dynamics of galaxies, star formation in interacting galaxies and in circumnuclear regions, and uncovering the outskirts of galaxies through deep imaging. This research may be pursued in the context of international collaborations, including the WEAVE StePS and APERTIF surveys, the LSST Galaxies collaboration, the e-Merlin LEMMINGS survey, or the recently funded EU H2020-ITN SUNDIAL, which aims to adapt and apply computer science techniques to deep astronomical imaging.

The candidate will be based at IAC headquarters.

Expertise in the following topics will be highly valued:

Astrophysics; galaxy structure and dynamics; IFU and MOS spectroscopy; radio interferometry; deep imaging; big data analysis in astronomy.

Position requirements:

The candidates must have a solid track record of research and are expected to have a strong publication record.

Qualification requirements:

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics or Physics, by the application deadline (May 31, 2017). A copy of the degree or corresponding stamped certificate (issued by the University where the degree was obtained), must be included. If the applicant has not completed the Ph.D. degree within the application deadline, will not be considered.


Those candidates who have done their Ph.D. research at the IAC must have undertaken a period of training at other research centres. This period must consist of either one continuous year or 18 accumulated months (including periods of training during their doctoral period).


The appointment will be until 31 December 2019. The starting date is expected to be in the second half of 2017.


The gross annual salary is 33,215 Euros, subject to up to 20% tax and Social Security deductions (depending on the personal situation of the candidate). Medical insurance under the Spanish National Health Service will be provided for the candidate and will also cover spouse or registered partner (de facto partner) and children (if relevant).

Relocation allowance:

This call includes a relocation allowance (only for the selected candidate) comprising: the cost of the flight ticket (booked and issued by the IAC), temporary accommodation for up to two weeks (organised by the IAC) and per diem rate up to two weeks.  The maximum IAC will reimburse is 2,000 Euros.

Non-UE citizens:

Applicants who are not citizen of a country belonging to the European Union are invited to apply for this position, but, if selected, will be allowed to sign the contract with the IAC only after obtaining the compulsory documentation required to live and work in Spain. 

How to apply:

use the online application system,including the required information and documents. Alternatively, follow the instructions in the official announcement (only in Spanish).

The required documentation must be submitted using the online application system and received by the application deadline. The application form, CV, publication list, statements of research interests and suitability for the position, copy of the Ph.D. degree, and copy the national identity card or passport should be merged into a single PDF file.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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